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Fisher MP blasts Labor for plans to abolish construction sector watchdog


Fisher MP Andrew Wallace has blasted the Labor Government’s move to abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commission and says the hurried and uninformed decision will have a dire impact on the economy.

Labor went into the 2022 election promising to remove the construction watchdog, and Workplace Relations Minister Tony Burke says the ABCC's powers will be wound back before being dumped.

“We’re making sure construction workers have the same rights as other workers,” Mr Burke says.

“Under the previous Liberal and National government construction workers and their employers were subject to restrictions that don’t apply to workers in other industries.

“Today (Tuesday) I announced the Albanese Labor Government has amended the Building Code as another step toward ending the unfair treatment of construction workers. The next step is abolishing the ABCC altogether.”

But Mr Wallace says the decision will throw the construction industry into chaos at a time of labour shortages.

“Without a tough cop on the beat, Labor will once again open the door to chaos, lawlessness and abuse of power,” Mr Wallace says.

“That’s money taken out of budgets for schools, roads, hospitals, and other critical public infrastructure.

“There was no consultation with industry from Labor.”

The ABCC was created by the former Howard government to combat lawlessness in the construction industry.

It was shut down by the Gillard government in 2012 before being restored by the Turnbull government in 2016.


Image: Andrew Wallace. Supplied